Music

Introduction to Theremini

Learn the basics of theremin play with AADL's thereminis!

Tinker with an instrument, learn how it works, and listen to recordings by thereminists. We'll make some music together too!

EVENT POSTPONED: Mini-Moog Fest

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Mini-Moog Fest has been postponed until fall.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

DATE CHANGE: Tonks & The Aurors: Wizard & Nerd Rock Concert!

NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 23

Calling all wizards, nerdfighters, book lovers, and pop culture fiends!

Tonks & The Aurors return for a book blasting good time with fellow Wizard & Nerd rock bands Tianna & the Cliffhangers and LosingLara.

Dress up, nerd out and bring your friends to rock!

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

The Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire presents demonstrations and hands-on activities by makers of all types including roboticists, crafters, artists working with technology, and students.

Try your hand at demonstrations, interact with makers from all over the Ann Arbor area, and check out exhibits of all kinds, from soldering to sewing.

English Country Dance

This introduction to English country dance will prepare you to hold your own on the dance floor at Georgian-era balls and assemblies. A dance master and musicians provided by the Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance will lead participants through the basics of a traditional country dance. No experience necessary.

Beginners should arrive at 1pm sharp for a demonstration. Wear comfortable clothes and smooth-soled shoes...or you can arrive in period dress!

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan Jane Austen 1817-2017: A Bicentennial Exhibit.

CANCELLED: Concert: Michael Ibrahim Trio

Due to circumstances beyond our control this concert has been cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience. AADL is working with Michael Ibrahim to reschedule the concert for a future date.

Make a Maraca!

Get your groove on as your create your very own maraca shaker!

Special Film Screening: Lincoln Center Local: Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings, a program created by Lincoln Center Education and hosted by libraries and community centers, brings the best of Lincoln Center—world-renowned performances coupled with unparalleled educational resources—off its Manhattan-based campus and into communities anywhere.

Today's screening features New York’s first all-female mariachi group and one of the city’s most exciting new bands. Mariachi Flor de Toloache celebrates the traditions of this folk form from around the world while creating a style all their own and this delightful concert will be enjoyable for young and old.

Mariachi is an important part of Mexican folk culture, known for its vivid vocals, driving string rhythms and soaring trumpet melodies. Mariachi Flor de Toloache takes pride in choosing material from the traditional mariachi playbook but also uses other musical influences within their work. Their original songs and new arrangements reflect the influence of salsa, cumbia, gypsy music, Latin jazz as well as pop, hip-hop, and even soul music.

This Lincoln Center program provides high-definition screenings from the growing digital catalog of the world’s leading performing arts center. These music, dance, theater, and opera performances come from recent live events at Lincoln Center, including the New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Theater, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and School of American Ballet, as well as past performances at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, American Song, and past broadcasts from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Live From Lincoln Center. For more information, please visit LincolnCenter.org/Local

Celebrating Our Own Thing

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Our Own Thing organization here in Ann Arbor. With Black History Month upon us, now is a great time to acknowledge the work of this incredible group started in 1968 by Dr. Willis C. Patterson, Singer A. "Bucky" Buchanan, Jon Lockard, and Vera Embree. Countless African-American students in the area have benefited from the cultural arts instruction provided by Our Own Thing, as well as their scholarship program which has sent numerous young artists and musicians to Interlochen Arts Academy. Watch the interview of Dr. Patterson from the AACHM (African American Cultural & Historical Museum) Living Oral History Project for a deeper look into the organization and the amazing man behind the scene.

A2 Jazz Fest Preview Featuring Janelle Reichman

Enjoy a musical evening as bassist and band leader Dave Sharp presents a jazz concert featuring clarinetist and saxophonist Janelle Reichman. Janelle will be one of several local jazz artists appearing at the annual A2 Jazz Fest, this year occurring on September 9 at the Ann Arbor Distillery.

Janelle has performed with musical greats such as Doc Severinsen, Les Paul, Anne Hampton Callaway, Sherrie Maricle and DIVA, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin, and many others.

Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she attended the Manhattan School of Music, quickly after which she embarked upon an exciting and diverse career in the New York City jazz scene. Her debut solo album, "Middleground," received rave reviews.

In 2016, Janelle was a featured clarinetist at Jazz @ Lincoln Center's production of Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman. After ten years living in New York City, Janelle moved back to Ann Arbor last summer and couldn't be happier to be home.

"Demonstrating a complete command of the sound and keys of her tenor … she seems to defy logic and possibility in her speed, dexterity, and musicianship." - Jazz Improv Magazine.

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